(LOS ANGELES) — A judge has ordered a new trial over discrimination claims made by Price Is Right model Brandi Cochran, wiping out her earlier $7.7 million victory.
Last November, Cochran won her lawsuit against producers FremantleMedia North America and The Price Is Right Productions after successfully arguing that she was discriminated against and wrongfully terminated after becoming pregnant.
But because the jury received bad instructions, the case is now going back to trial, Cochran’s attorney confirmed to ABC News. The new date for the trial has not yet been set.
The show’s producers, who appealed the verdict, got it set aside thanks to a recent California Supreme Court decision over jury instructions in discrimination cases. In such cases, judges must instruct the jury that discrimination is not just a “motivating factor/reason” for termination but a “substantial motivating factor/reason.”
In Cochran’ case, Judge Kevin Brazile failed to issue the “substantial” guidance, despite a request from the defense.
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Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Communications
Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com